CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN GSTAAD 2012
Tipsarevic Tested By Qualifier In Gstaad; Defending Champ Granollers Falls
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Janko Tipsarevic fought to overcome Austrian qualifier Martin Fischer 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 on Thursday at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, twice rallying from behind in his second-round opener.
The 245th-ranked Fischer, playing just his 18th tour-level match, went up a set and a break before the World No. 8 rallied to clinch the second set in the tie-break. Tipsarevic fell behind again as he dropped serve in the third game of the third set, but drew level in the next game. He broke for a 5-3 lead and served out the win after two hours and 37 minutes.
Tipsarevic had won his first clay-court title on Sunday at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. He is making his Gstaad debut this week.
Poland's Lukasz Kubot knocked out in-form second seed and defending champion Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2. Last week, World No. 20 Granollers lost to Marin Cilic in the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag final.
The 30 year-old Kubot is through to his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season (also Memphis and Bucharest) after victory in one hour and 37 minutes.
“It was a funny match,” said Dimitrov. “He is a very tricky player. It was a great win for me. Conditions were tough and everything went in a smooth way. I am starting to feel I am playing well on all surfaces now. It’s coming together.”
World No. 212 Jan Hernych advanced to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final in three-and-a-half years (2009 PBZ Zagreb Indoors semi-finals, l. to Ancic). The Czech qualifier saved 15 of 19 break points to beat No. 39-ranked Santiago Giraldo, the seventh seed from Colombia, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.